Aug 5, 2022 - Politics
Activists-turned-candidates win Tennessee legislative races
Two candidates who rose through the ranks as social justice activists won their legislative primaries, ushering in a new wave of progressive leadership for Nashville.
State of play: Charlane Oliver won the District 19 Democratic primary to replace retiring Sen. Brenda Gilmore. Oliver defeated former Metro Councilmembers Jerry Maynard and Ludye Wallace.
- Justin Jones also won a close race for the District 52 House seat. He defeated current Councilmember Delishia Porterfield in the race to replace Rep. Mike Stewart.
Between the lines: Oliver and Jones have emerged as two of the city's most consequential progressive activists.
- Among other causes, Oliver pushed to expand voting rights.
- Jones has protested systemic racism and police brutality.
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